The Department of Immigration says it plans on recruiting more member staff next year as one way of improving quality services.

FaceofMalawi speaking to Chief Immigration Officer, Hudson Mankhwala during an end of the year party for the department on Saturday confirmed of the development saying the department is having problems due to shortage of staff.

“I would like to commend the government for its continued support to us. The government has given us authority to fill the vacancies and I pledge that we will move swiftly to fill the vacancies in order to promote efficiency,” said the officer.

Mankhwala further revealed that the department was also planning to buy additional vehicles which will be able to improve services.

“I would also like us to look at the challenges that we encountered as a department in carrying out our various day to day operations so that we can learn from them and shape a better future for the department in the forthcoming year,” he said.

According to Mankhwala during the ending year the department was able to implement the Quick-Win Reforms which were spearheaded by the Public Service Reforms Commission.

“Through these reforms the department has witnessed the decentralisation of the passport printing services at its regional immigration office in Lilongwe. Very soon these services will also be available in Mzuzu and preparation of the Mzuzu site is underway,

During the party the Immigration Department also honoured officers who retired in the course of the year.

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